Scarpetta Among Fontainebleau’s Award-Winning Restaurants

Under the direction of culinary talents from around the globe, Fontainebleau Miami Beach features innovative culinary concepts, sophisticated surroundings and impeccable service. The resort, headed by Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates, offers an impressive array of renowned restaurants, including Scarpetta, which has earned rave reviews from food lovers living in and visiting Miami Beach.

A triple-A, Four Diamond Award recipient, Scarpetta, by James Beard award recipient Scott Conant, offers a regional Italian menu combining the simplicity of Italy’s cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine amidst breathtaking views. An Italian expression that means “little shoe” – or the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish – Scarpetta represents the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to its very last taste. Continue reading

At Lan Larb Soho, a Flame-Throwing New Kind of Cuisine

The only reason Ratchanee Sumpatboon’s name hasn’t become more familiar may be the difficulty of pronouncing it. She’s the chef who pioneered Isan food in Queens, first at Chao Thai, then at Poodam — it means “black crab,” which was her childhood nickname. “I was short and dark-skinned,” she once confided, “so my family and friends called me Poodam.”

Sumpatboon next brought Isan food to Manhattan, initially at Zabb Elee in the East Village and later at her own place in Hell’s Kitchen called Larb Ubol. Now, one year later, this ambitious and talented chef has just opened another pair of restaurants, both named Lan Larb. One is east of Soho on Centre Street, the other on First Avenue in Kip’s Bay. Continue reading

Hakkasan and BOURBON STEAK

Featured in Zagat’s Top 50 Restaurants in Miami Zagat recently released its coveted list of Miami’s top 50 restaurants. From tried-and-true classics to exotic fusions, the list incorporated a variety of Miami’s culinary gems. Hakkasan and BOURBON STEAK, both popular Miami restaurants at resorts owned and operated by Turnberry Associates, received high ratings. Turnberry Associates is led by real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer who serves as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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Dining in the Big Apple

If you’re heading to the Big Apple, also known as New York City, we have some of our favorite dining spots for you! You really can’t go wrong in New York when it comes to food. Whether you are eating a piece of pizza from a hole in the wall pizza parlor or dining all the way uptown at a five star restaurant, it is all quality.

The Little Beet Table

The Little Beet Table is unique because the menu is entirely gluten free. Hate it or love it, gluten free is a thing and it is definitely something people are becoming more aware of. This full-service restaurant, which opened last January is an offshoot of its casual sister restaurant, The Little Beet.  The menu has everything from a prosciutto flatbread to grilled skirt steak to brussels sprouts. Continue reading

Miami’s Michael Mina 74 Named Restaurant of the Year

Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, a unique concept from award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina, was recently named Miami Restaurant of the Year by Michael Mina 74 brings a high-energy culinary and social destination to the bustling Fontainebleau Miami Beach, a resort owned and operated by Turnberry Associates and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Soffer. Continue reading

How Do the New Restaurant Payment Apps Stack Up?

Are diners and restaurants ready for mobile payment apps? Eater’s new app reviewer Sam Kim takes a look at the options.

Apps that help diners pay for meals with smartphones are still in their infancy, and several are testing the waters in major markets like Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Promises of added security, lower processing fees, customer analytics, marketing, and increased efficiency for both customers and retailers make these apps an attractive option. Mobile payment apps have low entry barriers for restaurants (many work with existing POS systems and don’t require extra equipment), and tout their ease of use for new and potential customers.

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Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Cooking spray
1 (19.50-ounce) box chocolate brownie mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup chocolate milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup heavy cream
30 caramels (recommended: Kraft)
2 cups shredded coconut, toasted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Continue reading

CORSAIR by Scott Conant Coming to Turnberry Isle Miami

This month, award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality Scott Conant opens CORSAIR by scott conant in Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Miami. The restaurant has undergone a full renovation – inside and out – and occupies the space of the former Cascata Grill overlooking the resort’s Miller Golf Course.

The new restaurant is the latest phase in Jeffrey Soffer’s and Turnberry Associates’ renovations to enrich guest experiences at the iconic resort destination and golf club tucked away on 300 tropical acres in Aventura, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Continue reading

Rome Travel: A Really Good Lunch During a Day Trip to Tivoli

I’m always skeptical – almost scared – of restaurants smack in the middle of tourist areas, but a recent experience in Italy made me wonder whether I’ve been too cynical.

One of the great day trips from Rome is to the ancient town of Tivoli, where you can see the gorgeous house and gardens of the Villa d’Este and, a few minutes away, the remains of Hadrian’s Villa. If you want to eat in Tivoli, well, you are by definition in a tourist zone, which would too often be a reliable signal of mediocre food no matter how much or how little you were ready to pay.

But thanks to the ministrations of the excellent tour guide Stuart Harvey (we were there as part of a group – how touristy can you get?), we had lunch at a restaurant whose name would have been enough to frighten us even if it hadn’t been a 90-second walk from the gate of the Villa: L’Angolino di Mirko. Mirko? That doesn’t sound very Roman to me…. Continue reading

BleauFish to Table

Located on Collins Avenue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach is owned and managed by renowned developer Turnberry Associates. Led by Jeffrey Soffer, the resort completed a $1 billion renaissance in November 2008, which focused, in part, on unique culinary experiences for guests.

One of those, the Fontainebleau’s novel seafood sourcing program, BleauFish Ocean to Table, was profiled in the October issue of Ocean Drive magazine. Writer Bill Kearney joined the resort’s executive chef Thomas Connell and Chee Ping Chang, senior sous chef at Fontainebleau restaurant Hakkasan, on a recent early morning expedition on Fontainebleau’s own fishing boat, the 44-foot BleauFish, helmed by Captain Michael Henry. Continue reading